The equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has announced that the Government intends to begin a consultation on the introduction of full gay marriage in England and Wales. The Government hopes to legislate for gay marriage by 2015. So So Gay was the first gay magazine to report that a number of prominent political figures had shared rumours of the move on Twitter – starting with Tim Montgomerie, the editor of the Tory blog ConservativeHome:
The Daily Mail journalist James Chapman later tweeted that the plans followed a personal intervention from the Prime Minister:
The announcement will be formally made at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference this weekend. The plans will bring Westminster into line with the Scottish Government, which recently announced a commitment to introducing gay marriage; Holyrood is currently consulting on the commitment.
The LGBT rights charity Stonewall welcomed the announcement, but noted that the consultation had already been delayed twice.
This article has been amended since it was originally published, following confirmation of the Government’s plans.